Just a few hours after I asked you to consider helping Jon and Jennifer Menges meet their goal of being fully funded, they reached the finish line! This means the donor who offered them matching funds also donated $500 to another adopting family!
Thank you with all my heart to everyone who gave to help them!
I just now checked Mike and Gail Kenyon’s blog, and found that many wonderful people took time to send Ana birthday wishes! You all are the best! Thank you!!! And thank you to everyone who remembers to pray for them throughout their long trip home today and tonight!
Thank you, everybody, for the birthday wishes! My mommy and daddy really enjoyed reading through each comment. They are going to print out all of my birthday wishes and put them in my scrapbook for me so I will always have them. They told me that a lot of people are praying for us to make it home safely. I am really glad about that. Because even though I don’t know what home is yet, Mommy and Daddy say that it is a really good place and that I am going to love it! They say that I have two brothers at home and a lot of other family and friends that love me! So, I think that going home sounds good. So next time I write, I will be in the U.S.A.
We received one of those emails that was a needed confirmation to us that the time I put into blogging and emailing is worth it. Remember when I posted a link to show you the sort of place where Tommy will end up if he is not adopted in time? It was a link to the Bible Orphan Ministry website.
I have been so impressed with the Christlikeness of the young woman who writes the blog. Her name is Alla, and she grew up in Eastern European orphanages. Along with a few others, she now spends her life ministering to the needs of other human beings living in government-run institutions, especially the human beings most people think are without value–those with cognitive disabilities like Katie and Verity.
She told us yesterday that after I posted that link, about a thousand people visited their blog and some became monthly sponsors.
This ministry runs on a shoestring budget, and these added monthly donations will make a significant difference to the real people they are serving.
My friends. We are awed by your response. Thank you.
Guess who came to dinner last night?!
Day after endless, empty day, these two little girls lay in beds a few feet away from each other on the “hopeless” floor of the Pleven baby house, without enough love and food to help them grow. In this photo, they are letting us know that they approve of our supper plans and not our photography plans, haha.
My precious sister in Christ, Stephanie Carpenter. Over the past year and eight months, God has strongly knit our hearts and paths together with a love for Him and for very needy orphans with severe developmental delays. Children who desperately need to come home.
Katie, age 10, home 8 months, gained 18 lbs; Lina, age 5 1/2, home 1 month, gained 5 lbs.
Left to right, Susanna holding Katie, Stephanie holding Lina and Ellianna, Laura holding Avi, and the Carpenters’ oldest daughter, Sasha.
Katie and Lina were adopted from Pleven, Bulgaria, Ellianna was adopted from Taiwan, Avi was adopted from the Philippines, and Sasha was adopted from Russia. All four of the Carpenters’ daughters have cerebral palsy, ranging from very mild to very severe, and they hope to go back to the Philippines next for their fifth daughter, who is very needy and in poor shape.
I’m not sure it would be possible to find more pure motherly joy in one spot as was in our home last night, seeing our two Pleven survivor-girls together.
And to top the day off…
Big two-year-old Verity decided it was high time she showed us what she could do.